OU Men's Tennis Prepares For Busy Week

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 04, 2002

Feb. 4, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The Sooners play three matches this week, beginning with a road match against New Mexico at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Lobo Tennis Club in Albuquerque. The Lobos are 2-2 on the season with wins over Northern Arizona and then-No. 59 Boise State and losses to then-No. 60 Yale and then-No. 53 San Diego State.

Oklahoma plays Southwest Missouri State on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Oaktree Country Club in Oklahoma City. The Bears are 0-3 on the season with losses to Tulsa, Indiana and Murray State.

The Sooners round out the week against Northern Iowa at noon on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Oaktree Country Club. UNI is 1-4 on the season with a win over Kalamazoo and losses to St. Louis, Louisville, Bowling Green and Western Michigan.

Sooners Defeat Oklahoma-Science & Arts
The Oklahoma men's tennis team dominated Oklahoma-Science & Arts in two matches on Friday, Jan. 25, via scores of 7-0 and 7-0, at the Woodlake Racquet Club in Oklahoma City. The Sooners won all but one doubles match in the two-match sweep.

OU Returns Three, Welcomes Seven
Three juniors, Tobias Kronlein, Chris Mitchell and Matt Ogle, return to Oklahoma's lineup to lead the 2002 team. Kronlein saw limited action last year after suffering a foot injury, while Mitchell and Ogle headed up a small squad that finished 2-12 overall. Last season was only the third time that Head Coach Paul Lockwood finished under .500 in 14 years as a head coach.

This season Lockwood brought in seven newcomers to assist OU's three returning letterwinners. He expcect great success from this core of players. Juniors Olivier Girardot and Ollivier Monferran, who attended Paul Sebatier University in France, will bring a good wealth of experience to the squad. Sophomore Sebastien Revol from UBO-Brest (France) will also add depth to the team. The four incoming freshmen hail from Oklahoma, Texas and Romania. Matt Lopez (Enid, Okla.), Matt Long (Ft. Worth, Texas), Brad Prigmore (Wichita Falls, Texas) and Alex Nomicos (Targoviste, Romania) comprise a strong freshmen class that will be a good base for years to come.

Head coach Paul Lockwood
Beginning his 15th year as the head men's tennis coach, Lockwood is off to a 2-0 start with victories over Oklahoma-Science & Arts. Lockwood has experienced success with his teams over the years both on and off the court. He has compiled a 209-131 (.615) overall record and claimed the Big Eight Conference title in 1992. Lockwood was named the Big Eight Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1992 for his outstanding efforts.

For five consecutive seasons, dating back to 1996-97, Lockwood's teams have earned Academic ITA All-America honors to add to their list of accomplishments.

OU Headington Family Tennis Center After more than three seasons without a home court, the men's tennis team will break in its new 12-court tennis complex that was completed in October of 2001. The University of Oklahoma Headington Family Tennis Center is comprised of 12 NCAA Championship courts, NCAA Championship lighting and permanent seating for 800 spectators. The tennis center is just one integral part of the athletic departments Great Expectations: Campaign for Sooner Sports.



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